A health probe has been stepped up at a factory after a third worker was confirmed to have contracted Legionnaires’ disease, the Shields Gazette has reported.
Health experts are continuing “rigorous testing” at Faltec Europe, in Boldon Business Park, in a bid to find the source of the potentially fatal bug.
Health and Safety executive officials have been on site again this week as part of their on-going investigation into the three cases of the disease - which span seven months and have affected workers based in two separate units of the factory.
One worker was left in a coma for ten days and has still not been able to return to work after she was struck down with the condition in October, while another employee was diagnosed in April and has since been discharged from hospital.
A third worker - who fell ill last week - has now been confirmed as having contracted the disease and is recovering at home after being released from hospital.
Public Health England, who is leading the inquiry into the outbreak, says that the probe into the source of the outbreak only began to focus on the factory when the second case was confirmed in April.